The Ritual

The Ritual has been, in all religions and cultures, in non-religious form as well, the outer expression of a spiritual transformation in life. Either as a symbolic threshold to a new phase: becoming an adult, the responsibility of a profession, of a family, let’s say a higher level in the knowledge of life – or a threshold to the unknown states of feelings of our inner world. Rituals materialize a transformation: after that you stay in the world at another place.


Poetry is one of the nine muses. All myths of creation go back to the philosophical concept of the primacy of music in the universe. The sound—the vibration that gets to us through our ear and that then resonates together with us. Poetry is not only making texts, Poetry is the sound in all muses (the dance, the history, the opera, the tragedy, etc.) which all penetrate into us and resonate with us, the Homo Poeticus, the divine spark in each of us.



The Metaphor is that image, that confrontation which illustrates the connection between all things. Thanks to the metaphor you can connect yourself with the whole cosmos. The Poetry, that penetrates you, reflects the outer world; the Poetry that is born out of you is a mirror of yourself. The seeing Poet is possessed by a god, he or she looks inside, looks outside and then shows his or her mirror: his or her Poem. This act of seeing is a ritual initiation to our inner worlds, of which the outer world is only a reflection. Poetry is a ritual initiation towards oneself. In the same way lovers open to each others, the poet opens up, the Homo Poeticus in each of us, to the deepest point, there where he or she is most vulnerable.
Through the Ritual we want to approach the great Poetry, which is in us.



The series of seminars WordSoundBody (WortKlangKörper) will be dedicated to allowing experiences during the day in the same way as during the night.
Poetry with UlyssesPoetic Harvest, Poetry and Senses, Word Ritual Tree.




1st Phase: The myth of creation

The myths of creation of different religions and mythologies. It is astonishing how in all examples the significance of the sound as a life-offering source is stressed.
The customs and the beliefs of the Hopi will accompany our ritual exercises, in order to have a living example of a culture before our eyes that dedicates every aspect of life to a ritual.

*Bible: In the beginning was the Word, that’s the sound.
*Japan: Amaterasu the sun, lives in a cavern, the world was cold and unreal. God builds the first harp and plays wonderful melodies. The sun comes closer to the exit in order to hear the music better, and at that moment the earth is illuminated by the light of the sun, and life begins.
*India: Prajaparti, the god of creation, he himself was hymn and chant.
*Persia: A god created man from clay; the statue was lifeless. Only through music did it get life and a soul.
*The myth of creation of the Hopi Indians from North America.

*The Chant of Birth of each of us: The person who will be born stands outside of the front door. The other participants think silently in the meantime of the word or the words they want to offer their comrade during his or her birth. The newborn enters and, covered by a white veil, he or she will be accompanied by the comrades and their words up to the middle of the room. He or she will immerse him or herself in the words the others have found for him or her inside themselves. Gathered on a sheet of paper these words will be the starting point for the Chant of Birth.

2nd Phase: The ritual gesture

*We discover the ritual gesture in some poems of well known authors.
*In small groups of 2-3 participants we invent ritual gestures which are put into a word or a verse only at the end.

3rd Phase: The protecting Paho

*In the tradition of the Hopi Indians it is the mother of corn, who gives us nourishment, a being like our Mother Earth. Out of the corn kernels our own flesh is built, corn is our body too. By sacrificing corn, we also sacrifice a part of our body.
*We build our own protecting Paho with small cobs of corn and feathers. We will find a poetic name for it, so it can protect particular aspects of us on our way.

4th Phase: Creating a Poem

*The last exercise: consists in creating one or more poems (also riddles, ritual songs, magic formulas, blessing, messages for the future) being inspired by the words each of you has gathered in his or her envelope, by all you have lived but most of all by the threshold, the passage and transformation before which you stand.



After the seminar Poetry and Ritual you will be able to recognize a crisis, a problematic moment as a transition to a new state of your soul in your life.

*You will be able to look at such moments as a possibility for a new beginning.

*You will have arrived at the awareness that every passage is accompanied by dangers and that you are protected when you are clearly able to see your most vulnerable points in front of you.

*Fear and Courage: when you will be able to give the fears a name, it will be simpler to find the courage for it.

*You will have improved your ability to speak about yourselves, you will be able to put into words what touches and moves you. You will be able to write a poem. Thanks to these abilities you can improve the relationship to yourself and thus also with other human beings in your environment.



Participants: 5-15

1 1/2 Days: 70€/Person
2 1/2 Days: 100€/Person
3 1/2 Days: 150€/Person

Binding Registration: 150€ Advance Payment

Further arrangements for Schools and other Groups are possible.



Lecturer – Giovanna Salabè, Poet and Therapist
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